We farm Pedigree Holstein Friesian and Dairy Shorthorn cows. They all have names, individual diets and very strong personalities. Some are more bossy than others and often mothers and daughters will sit together in the fields.

They spend as much time as they can outside and during the spring, summer and autumn months they spend day and night in the fields. When it gets wetter and colder at night they come inside and during the winter they have their winter housing with their own beds. They need to stay in during the winter as it is just too cold and wet for them to be out. They like open buildings as this lets lots of ventilation in. Clean air but no drafts.

They eat fresh grass when they graze the fields and in the winter they eat silage which is pickled grass or maize. They love to eat and drink water.

The bull calves are reared with our beef animals and we have a mixture of beef shorthorns, Aberdeen Angus, British Blue and Hereford Cross cattle. They are a lot heavier than the dairy animals as they are bred for their beef. All our calves are reared and are vital to the dairy or beef areas of the business.

Judy, one of our Holstein-Friesian dairy cows.

Fun Facts

 

A cow’s tongue is an amazing body part. A cow only has front teeth on the bottom of their mouth, so in order to eat grass they can’t simply bite it off like a horse. Instead, cows rip grass with their tongues which are around a foot long! They also use their tongues to scratch an itch.

Dairy cows can produce over 50kg of saliva everyday! They also drink up to 160 litres of water – no wonder they are so dribbly! A dairy cow produces are 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

Our cattle breeds

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Holstein-Friesian

Originating from The Netherlands and Germany, Holstein-Friesian have distinctive black-and-white markings and are known as the world’s highest-production dairy animals.

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Dairy Shorthorn

These pedigree red and white cows are average-sized and are known for their durability, longevity, and ease of calving. The breed was established in the 18th century in Northeastern England.

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Aberdeen Angus

A Scottish breed of beef cattle, the Angus is naturally solid black or red and has been recorded in Scotland since at least the 16th century. The beef can be marketed as superior due to its marbled appearance.

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British Blue

In 1850, Belgium breeders imported top Durham Shorthorn cattle from England to improve the native population. By 1930, a distinct breed had emerged and was imported back to the UK in 1982.

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Hereford Cross

A crossbreed of Hereford Beef bulls with Holstein-Friesian dairy cows. They typically have a white face like the Hereford and a coloured body like the Holstein-Friesian.

We are committed to high standards of safety, animal welfare and environmental protection. This is independently verified through the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme.

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